USA, as a nation, has been 'open for business'; it's time for USA to be 'open for all', to go beyond free trade toward freedom for all people to join our democracy if they want to, to live here, to join us in struggling to live well, justly and to live sustainably in this part of earth.
Thanks Brian! We know people everywhere can identify with what it means to have to move and migrate for opportunity and for a better life. And since we are in this together, the first step is to understand one another and the values that bring us together in community. Help us reach more people and share the video. Thank you!
We are in crisis now because our citizens cannot all take care of themselves.. Allowing everyone to come would tax our resources to the breaking point, possibly taking to a national meltdown.. I am not anti immigration, I'm pro United States.. Everyone in the 'New World' is American.. What we are really talking about is The United States of America..
Robin, Well said. The O'Bama administration has posted a welcome sign to all to come here and collect. We arte all struggling and ...can't even pay for education and we're expected to support millions more who will be added to the Welfare roles??
IM ALL FOR PEOPLE BETTER THIER LIFE BUT THEY NEED TO DO IT THE LEGAL WAY JUST LIKE ALL THE REST OF US LEGAL AMERICANS DID! NOT ILLEGALLY LIKE THEY DID!
THEY SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN AMNESTY FOR DOING SOMETHING ILLEGAL! THEY SHOULD GO THROUGH THE CHANNELS THAT EVERYONE ELSE HAD TO TO BECOME A LEGAL AMERICAN! WE SHOULD NOT REWARD THEM FOR STEALING THIER WAY INTO OUR COUNTRY!!!! GO BACK AND COME HERE LEGALLY!
i have one proposition,open the border with out Passports like they have it Europa. than every body is happy no more debates and all paying taxis.
Some how I dont see that workimg
Why can't you become a citizen? What about all the immigrants who came to ellis Island and then pledged to become citizens. Why can't you do that. I don't understand the difference. Why didn't they get green cards back then? I have heard the term, but don't really know much about it.
Best you first go get educated about this issue, madam.
Hi Sheila. This is such an important question, thanks for bringing it up. There actually isn't a straightforward path to citizenship or a "line" for people to get in. At the turn of the century when people were coming through Ellis Island, the same restrictions didn't exist. Immigration documents were not actually required of newcomers until 1918, and even then, it was much easier to enter the country. More many years during the great European migration, federal oversight of immigration...
Hi Sheila. This is such an important question, thanks for bringing it up. There actually isn't a straightforward path to citizenship or a "line" for people to get in. At the turn of the century when people were coming through Ellis Island, the same restrictions didn't exist. Immigration documents were not actually required of newcomers until 1918, and even then, it was much easier to enter the country. More many years during the great European migration, federal oversight of immigration didn’t exist and there were virtually no laws to break. There was no border surveillance and people didn’t need to obtain visas before entering. As the Immigration Policy Center put it, “immigrants would simply arrive at ports of entry, such as Ellis Island and other seaports to be inspected, and then would be allowed in if they didn’t fall into any of the excluded categories.” I'm going to share a couple of links with you that will be helpful. The first highlights the impossible maze that is the immigration system: http://bit.ly/XeqcBI And the second is an excellent primer on Ellis Island migration: http://bit.ly/XHjJlA
She needs more education because she disagrees with you.?
I have friends who are "undocumented immigrants," and so I became involved in this issue - as a citizen, a teacher and a worship leader - through love. America at its best is about kindness, opportunity, and justice. As a Christian, I take seriously the words of Scripture: "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me." (Matthew 25:35) Let's hang on - immigration reform based on fairness for all is just around the corner.
Thank you Brian, for everything you do and say....I am with you 100%.
Immigration has been on the limelight lately..here's my 2 cents about it....The immigration issue is a complex thing. America has been seen for a long time as the promised land..and despite whatever the politicians and media says..it continues to be the land of opportunity..The reality is, America is not getting crowded despite what the media tells you..we remain to have the least number of people per square mile and less percentage of immigrants than lets say England or France. Even with...
Immigration has been on the limelight lately..here's my 2 cents about it....The immigration issue is a complex thing. America has been seen for a long time as the promised land..and despite whatever the politicians and media says..it continues to be the land of opportunity..The reality is, America is not getting crowded despite what the media tells you..we remain to have the least number of people per square mile and less percentage of immigrants than lets say England or France. Even with these numbers, we still send back home an average of a million immigrants a year! Most illegal immigrants have the same drive as legals do: THE DRIVE TO HAVE A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES & THEIR FAMILIES. Most of them do jobs that are low paying, too physical, too uncomfortable, too dirty, and too unsatisfying for even some of us "legals" to admit. And I don't think that sending them all home will create employment opportunities for people who were born here anyway. Its just going to leave a lot of houses unfinished, fruits unpicked, food uncooked, dishes unwashed, beds unmade, office buildings uncleaned, and farms unharvested. So if they get a free pass to stay, why would we be envious?, Why would we be jealous? Why would we be disheartened? We think that we did it the hard way and yet we probably would not trade places the way they got in..even if it meant getting a free pass later. THE CONVERSATION IS REALLY ABOUT FAIRNESS! So, let us share what would be fair to each one of us affected and create a better immigration law. I think that for us that are already here, our job is to make this country an even better place...this way we can open it up more for the world's weary, tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free, and wretched refuse. God Bless these United States of America!
you said it very well - this is a case for justice and fairness.
Marwyn Benemerito.. You said it all, God bless you and the United States of America.
We have a multitude of talented, hard-working people who will be the future of the United States. We cannot afford to lose them as an important part of both our workforce and a source of creative solutions to the problems we face as a nation. We need to solve this issue in a humane, productive and cooperative way.
You're correct Kathy! Thank you for being a great ally and for leading with your values. We encourage you to share this cause and video - the more people we reach with messages like yours, the better!
We have millions of citizens who need jobs..
I have a friend. She is not being deported but she is so poor that she has no access to the internet. She has a phone sometimes, a roof over her head and food on her table. She is still a member of Toastmasters. She can be so much more than she is right now. Her heart longs to be here for her 18 year old American born child. The husband she had did not care to make her legal or support her when the child was in school. I wish I could help her.
Thank you for sharing your friend's story Peggy. You are making a difference by participating here. It's important for more people to realize how integrated undocumented Americans are in communities across the country and to note how interconnected all of our lives are. Your friend and her child should not live in fear of separation, no child and parent should have to deal with that. The more people we can reach with that message and value, the better we will be as society. Best wishes.
Peggy, You can !! Send here a monthly check!!
It's important because it's the time to reach that valuable maturity understanding we all are brothers & sisters in Human Being and it's our Right to get Better Life, therefore I support the Freedom for Better Life for All Human Being.
Then ask Mexico and other countries to do the same thing and open their borders to the south and absorb populations of Central / South Americans. Make Bolivia as an idea happen in real life........
Stop twisting things around. Legal immigration is documented. Illegal immigration is not. You are twisting the truth and that is inhumane and thoughtless. You are trying to take an action, that is against the law and trying to make it legal.
Immigrants who cross the borders illegally are ILLEGAL AND UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS. It's a fact, so get over it. Little cry babies.
I really wish this stupid 'causes' would quit sending junk to me--I do not support you!